Nat­gas out­put from Jan to Aug pegged at 73,388 MMCF–DOE

BusinessMirror - - Economy - By Le­nie Lec­tura @llec­tura

THE coun­try’s nat­u­ral gas out­put from Jan­uary to Au­gust this year stood at 73,388 mil­lion cu­bic feet (Mmcf), data from the Depart­ment of En­ergy (DOE) showed.

As of Au­gust 25, the coun­try con­sumed 69,856 Mmcf out of the 73,388 Mmcf pro­duc­tion.

Nat­u­ral gas pro­duc­tion in the coun­try is mainly con­sumed by the power, in­dus­trial and trans­port sec­tors.

Of which, 68,629 Mmcf was uti­lized to boost the coun­try’s power gen­er­a­tion.

Mean­while, the in­dus­trial sec­tor took up 1,227 Mmcf. The trans­port in­dus­try recorded zero con­sump­tion.

The lat­est data brings the to­tal out­put to 2,322,447 bil­lion cu­bic feet, while con­sump­tion stood at 2,236,121 bil­lion cu­bic feet.

Of the to­tal out­put, the power sec­tor con­sumed 2,195,589 bil­lion cu­bic feet, while 40,348 Mmcf went to the in­dus­trial sec­tor. The trans­port sec­tor used up 184 cu­bic feet.

The DOE said in July that nat­u­ral gas pro­duc­tion and de­mand could drop this year by over 4 per­cent ver­sus last year.

Do­mes­tic pro­duc­tion for 2020 is seen to de­cline by 4.49 per­cent, or 148,502 mm­scf, com­pared to last year’s 155,495 mm­scf.

The pro­jected de­cline is mainly due to the sched­uled main­te­nance shut­down of the Malam­paya gas plat­form for five days in Oc­to­ber and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the en­hanced com­mu­nity quar­an­tine (ECQ) in Lu­zon.

Fur­ther, there will be an ex­pected gas re­stric­tion as gas nom­i­na­tion is ex­pected to surge for more de­mand of elec­tric­ity.

Also, the op­er­a­tion of the Gas Ex­port Pipe­line (GEP) from the plat­form to the on­shore gas pro­cess­ing plant will meet some chal­lenges in view of its ca­pac­ity lim­i­ta­tion and dis­tance.

“These events are per­ceived to im­pact in the nom­i­na­tion on the vol­ume of nat­u­ral gas from the Malam­paya gas field by the iden­ti­fied cus­tomers and/or users,” the DOE said.

Pro­jected de­mand this year could reach 142,808 mm­scf against the 2019 level of 149,007 mm­scf, or a plunge of 4.16 per­cent.

The ex­pected de­cline is, like­wise, at­trib­uted to the im­pact of them al am pay a shut­down this year, the ECQ and the ex­pected im­ple­men­ta­tion of the main­te­nance ac­tiv­i­ties of the re­spec­tive con­sumer of nat­u­ral gas.

The same data showed that nat­u­ral gas for the power sec­tor is pro­jected to reach 140,304 mm­scf this year, 4.14 per­cent lower than last year’s level of 146,365 mm­scf.

The DOE at­trib­uted the ex­pected de­cline to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of ma­jor main­te­nance pro­gram of the Ili­jan, Sta. Rita and San Lorenzo gas plants within the year.

Also, the ECQ has en­hanced the im­pact in the con­sump­tion level of nat­u­ral gas re­sult­ing to the low de­mand of elec­tric­ity as most in­dus­trial and com­mer­cial sec­tors ceased op­er­a­tions.

Mean­while, the in­dus­trial sec­tor’s fore­casted de­mand this year could reach 2.505 mm­scf, re­flect­ing a 5.18 per­cent dip from the pre­vi­ous year’s ac­tual uti­liza­tion of 2,642 mm­scf.

The de­crease is the re­sult of the re­fin­ery’s eco­nomic shut­down in May as an ef­fect of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the ECQ.

There is no pro­jected con­sump­tion in trans­port in­dus­try.

At present, the Malam­paya Deep Wa­ter Gas-to-power project is pro­duc­ing 3,400 megawatts to fuel the gas plants in the coun­try.

Prior to the Malam­paya gas fa­cil­ity, the coun­try had the San An­to­nio gas field from 1994 to 2008.

How­ever, Malam­paya gas field is pro­jected to be de­pleted by early 2022, or by 2027 at the lat­est.

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